Sheikh Imam

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Birthday
2, 1918
Birthplace
Giza, Egypt
Death Date
Jun 7, 1995 (76)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
2, 1918
Birthplace
Giza, Egypt
Death Date
Jun 7, 1995 (76)

About

Composer and singer who was known for his political songs favoring the poor and working class. His songs included "Pretty Egypt," "Che Guevara is Dead," "It's Been an Honor, Father Nixon," and many others.

Before Fame

He memorized the Qur'an after enrolling in a recitation class when he was five. He was taught muwashshah singing by the esteemed Sheikh Darwish el-Hareery.

Trivia

He formed a duo with colloquial poet Ahmed Fouad Negm, and the two composed a number of songs that were banned by Egyptian radio and TV stations in spite of their popularity among the grassroots population.

Family Life

He was born to a poor family in Abul Numrus, a small Egyptian village. He lost his sight when he was a young child.

Associated With

He wrote songs with political purpose around the same time as American singer Bob Dylan.